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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)
TITLE: A Return to Happiness
By Nancy Quinn
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The house was dark when she pulled into the driveway. She found the path by the moonlight and quietly unlocked the door. She silently trudged up the stairs, totally exhausted. She could hear her husband’s snores as she walked by their bedroom, and went straight to her daughter’s room. Sitting on the edge of Sarah’s bed, she stroked her daughter’s blonde curls and watched her sleep. Glancing down, she noticed the small stack of books lying on the floor. How long would this go on, she wondered? She had begun leaving early in the morning before Sarah was even dressed for school three months ago to prove herself in the new circle of this corporate world. She noticed the sadness in Sarah’s sleepy eyes as she kissed her goodbye each morning. Her husband’s quietness bothered her, but she kept reminding herself that the money was important for their future so they could have everything they needed.
The day was a bad one, and she felt disillusioned. She opened the door to her office after a meeting and hated seeing her name and title reflecting the fluorescent office lights. It had become only a glaring reminder of the mental, emotion and physical toll the past few months had been on her.
She lay in bed that night beside her husband and he whispered “are you happy?” She hated to admit her own perceived failure, but she had to admit she didn’t feel the extra money and prestigious position was worth what she had to sacrifice for it. She knew what she had to do and suddenly couldn’t wait to go into work the next morning. She knew her old desk remained empty. Tomorrow afternoon she would surprise Sarah and be there after school to pick her up. As she drifted off to sleep, she thanked God for opening her eyes to the gifts He had already placed in front of her and she couldn’t wait to start making up for lost time with her family tomorrow.
“Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5:19
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